Make and Attach Handles
I’ll make the two handles from a 2×6. Cutting each to length first then laying out the design. I’ll set the fence on the table saw to one and a half inch and run it part way through.
Then to the miter saw to cut part of the angled section.
And finish up these cuts with a hand saw.
With the jig now on it’s feet I can mark the location for the handles, drill the pilot holes, apply glue, and secure it with 6 screws from the inside.
Wooden Weights on Ropes
Next the mending plates that bridge the half inch gap between side boards can be screwed in place.
I salvaged some wood from a few old hardwood pallets to make the weights. I use an older chop saw with a beat up blade anytime I’m cutting recycled wood. Just in case I hit a hidden nail.
And I drilled a hole in each block.
I cut 1/4″ diameter rope into 7 foot lengths and melted the ends with a lighter so they won’t unravel.
I tie a block weight on one end and the other to the mending plate.
Firewood Cutting Jig – Finishing Up
To finish off this project I chamfer or round off all sharp corners or edges with the grinder. And that’s it. The new firewood cutting jig is done.